Armchair BEA Wrap-Up

This has been a really fun week of blogging for me. I signed up at the last minute for this, legit Sunday night, and I’ve never been happier that I did. Through the week I got to meet new bloggers, talk to some people I already “know”, and visit blogs I haven’t been to yet. It’s been interesting to read how different people run their blogs and what kinds of books people are interested in or have been meaning to read and haven’t gotten to yet. I’ve taken part in the Instagram Challenge and even attended a Twitter Party. I entered a couple of giveaways and had more than a few people enter mine. The blog traffic grew immensely this week and it is thanks to all of you. I loved getting to chat books with everyone while still posting about clothes and bags and shoes. I’ve even gotten an idea or two that I may try out on the blog at some point in the future. All in all Armchair BEA has been a great experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks for having me along and I hope to see you continue to stop by and share your thoughts about what I’m doing and suggestions on what you would like to see.

Armchair BEA posts for the week:
Genre: Fiction
Genre: Non-Fiction
Keeping It Real/Young Adult Literature

So tell me, how was Armchair BEA for you? Did you enjoy taking part? For those that aren’t bloggers did you enjoy me taking part?

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Armchair BEA: Discussion – Keeping it Real & Young Adult Literature

Keeping It Real

I’m still very new to this blogging on my own thing. For about a year I was writing reviews for Michelle at Galleysmith, so I’m still learning the ins and out. But I will say it is hard to get an audience. My friends have been great and super supportive  but getting your name out there isn’t easy. Recently I have picked up new followers through word of mouth, twitter, and blog link-ups like Armchair BEA and Top 10 Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. But no matter how many followers I do or don’t have, I stay true to what I love and that is what keeps it fun. When I don’t have a review I play over at Polyvore and create outfits. When I’m lacking in inspiration for clothes, I review a good book. I like to throw in a giveaway every now and then and mix it up with books and other things, and I like have a fun series planned with others participating(watch for my next series What’s In My Bag? which will start posting June 10th.). Really I just blog about what I love and hope that’s enough to keep people coming back for more.

Young Adult Literature

Not gonna lie, I get a lot of flack from my friends and family for reading only YA books. There is such a stigma attached to the genre and it down right pisses me off. I get judged for being a 30+ year old woman that likes to read stories about teenagers. But what really gets me is that YA is no different than the books they are reading. Replace whiny lead characters in their 30s trying to navigate the dating world with whiny teenager trying to navigate love/high school/peer pressure, and you have THE EXACT SAME THING! People get so stuck on the labels of things and they just miss out on amazing books. It makes me sad, but I can’t change them so I just keep reading and loving YA and suggesting the books that I know they won’t read.

And now I bring you to the good part, the suggesting of the books. There are really so many great books I have read that it is hard to narrow it down to a sample of books If you want to know all my favorites or books I would reccomened you can see that on my Goodreads page. But for the purpose of this post I’m going to give you 10 of my top faves. You may have read them, you may know they are my favorite if you pay any attention to me at all, and you may have hated them. But each one touched in in some way or another so they will forever hold a spot in my heart. Without further ado, the 9 YA Books and 1 Middle Grade Book that I will always suggest.

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1) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
2) Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
3) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
4) Delirium by Lauren Oliver
5) Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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6) Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
7) The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
8) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
9) Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller(out 9/13)
10) Divergent by Veronica Roth

I could get into why I love all 10 of these but that would take to long. If you want to know email me, comment, tweet me, you know the drill.

Now tell me, what are your thoughts on keeping it real and YA literature?




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Armchair BEA – Book Discussion: Non-Fiction Books

I’m the first to admit that I’m not a huge non-fiction book reader. Have I read them? Sure. But there is something to say about losing yourself in a fictional story whether realistic or not. I also have a hard time finding non-fiction books that I actually want to read. I think currently there are like 2 on my TBR list, Terry Francona’s book, Tina Fey’s book and Rick Springfield’s book.

To Read Non-Fiction:

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Read Non-Fiction:



I guess part of the problem is I’m not really sure where to start with a non-fiction book. Who’s life is fascinating enough that I would want to read about them for a day or two? So tell me non-fiction readers, what do you like to read?

*click on the cover to purchase the book.

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Giveaway – ArmchairBEA (US Only) {CLOSED}

So BEA Armchair has paused the book discussion topic for the day and has made today giveaway day. As you ABCers know, I love a good giveaway and have done quite a few here myself. And to honor today’s giveaway and hopefully the many new people that will check out this blog(what, a girl can be hopeful! HA), I have decided to do three bundles for three lucky winners! I know, crazy right?! Anyway, below are the three possible prize packs. All you have to do is live in the US, fill out the form below and for the heck of it tell me the best book you have read in the last year or so(that’s more because I’m nosy). Do all this by 11:59pm EST on June 3rd and you’re golden. Winners will be contacted on the 4th.


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Discussion Topic: Genre Fiction – BEA Armchair

This is kind of a broad category don’t you think? I could say that I like books that have brunette girls and  then give you list of those. Actually that would be harder since it seems red heads are HUGE in YA literature at the moment. But I digress. Really I guess I’m going to look at it as a category within a category. Like for instant you have my love, YA books. In YA you can find a variety of different groups. You have the dystopians, the contemporaries, the fantasy, and the group I like to call contemporary dystopian. Each book can attract a different set of readers or a reader can be a lover of books in every category. Up until this year I shied away from all books too sci-fi or fantasy like because I didn’t think they were my thing, that was until I challenged myself to read something outside of my norm at least once a month. And since January I have read a bunch of really great books I would never have picked up.So in honor of today’s BEA Armchair discussion, I give you books from the above categories that have been my favorite to date:

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iron shattergraceling

Contemporary Dystopian:
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*click on the book to purchase through Amazon.


So I ask you, what do you consider genre fiction? What group of books do you find yourself gravitating to? Do you have a favorite you would suggests to others?

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